The Marine World Museum at Matalascanas, Isla Canela on the stunning Huelva coastline is situated in the heart of Parque Dunar in an incredible landscape dominated by sand dunes and pine groves.
This fascinating, educational world of marine life is one of the most successful attractions to date in Donana National Park. The idea behind setting it up within this protected setting is a successful initiative to bring in resources to keep this natural world alive, while allowing people to learn some of the secrets of nature.
The museum has five themed halls one of the most popular being The Cetaceans where 13 full scale replicas from real skeletons of whales, dolphins, porpoises, etc are on display, suspended in mid air. Some are as much as 20 metres long. It is quite a spectacular site to see dolphins flying through the air. The setting is a NASA designed Ecosphere (planetary ecosystem) has been created for the purpose. It is one of only two in Europe and is hermetically sealed, holding within it the whole vital life cycle, with some help from the museums artificial lighting. It even shows plankton being generated by photosynthesis.
The five themed rooms represent the different ecosystems and natural landscapes which can exist in and around Donana, from the moving sand dunes to the virgin beaches where the whales and dolphins bask every year.